Thursday, August 27, 2015

Back to school for us!

The girls started first and third grade this week. Yes. I have a third grader! Ava had to laugh and correct me when I put a "two" in chalk on the sidewalk, instead of a "three."

Maybe it was an unconscious effort to keep her small? :)

They had a great breakfast with our favorite ever peach smoothies. And then they got on the bus like it was old hat. Since this is Ava's third school in three years, I was a little worried about her. But, they both hopped in the car at pickup on the way to gymnastics like they had just spent the day at Disney World.

They had a ball at school! I am so thankful that they had a great first day and that everyone seems to be adjusting to our move. We had a pretty awesome school in Virginia so it's nice everyone is so pumped!

Sophie is excited about her classes two recesses and Ava loves being around friends again.

Here's to a great year!

Ready to go! 

Sweet Ava, she is my little sweetie who loves people and is so kind to Ryder. 

My little fashionista, Sophie. She introduces herself as, "Well, my real name is Sophia, but my nickname is Sophie" to everyone! Even the bus driver. :) 

Peach Smoothies
I'll post a recipe for peach smoothies next week, but man, they are delicious! And they only take a couple of ingredients. The key is to get really good peaches, cut them, and then freeze them for the smoothies.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Master bedroom + Navy Stripes

I'm not married. I frequently use my debit card to buy things that cost less than three dollars, and my bedroom is so untidy it looks like vandals ransacked the Anthropology sale section. I'm kind of a mess. 
Mindy Kaling

How funny is Mindy Kaling? So true. I never have cash. 

Our new master bedroom is coming along!  I found some awesome sheets online that are so soft through Boll and Branch.

I did a ton of research about sheets for our new bedroom. Basically, I was tired of paying for sheets at a pretty penny and having them shrink and become thin! I needed a new plan.

I can tell you these are amazing. I picked the navy stripe sheet set and duvet cover. The softness does not wear off after you wash them and the company uses organic cotton and treats its employees with respect. :) They also donate to human trafficking organizations.

As a belated anniversary gift, we also replaced our bed. I love the new king size bed! We chose the antique white upholstered bed from One King's Lane.

I was a little unsure about ordering a huge bed from an online store. But, the bed came in two deliveries and was awesome! For the price point, we were super happy with it!

More photos coming as we get it in shape! Here is our inspiration board. We decided to go with antique white instead of gray to make the room brighter.

One King's Lane

Modern Duvet Covers | Bed Covers | Boll & Branch
Boll and Branch

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Gorgonzola Summer Salad

It's almost back to school for our kiddos. I can't even believe it's come so quickly! Our school in Virginia actually starts in September, so this is a tad early for us.

The girls have new family orientation today at their elementary school and they are so excited. They can't wait to tour their new school and classrooms.

Since we moved, we've been trying to eat pretty healthy. For us, we love salads with loads of summer veggies!

Gorgonzola Summer Salad 

1 TB Balsamic
1 TB Maple Syrup
Fresh Pepper and Salt to a stainless steel mixing bowl.
Mix dressing and let rest on bottom.

Add in sturdy veggies like tomatoes, mushrooms, carrots, first and then lettuce and gorgonzola cheese (awesome). The key is to not mix until you are ready to serve! I make our salads ahead of time and then toss at the time of serving and it stays fresh!

It's a Barefoot Contessa trick!

Brandon has more photos, but we had a great time with Nana and Poppa Shmidt when they visited this weekend. We toured the falls where Brandon proposed to me. 

Jess and I ran the trails around our house on Saturday and had a blast getting lost! It felt awesome to run with her again

I actually timed my run today and I was running in the 8:50s and 9! I haven't timed myself since we moved. I will say moving took up a lot of mental head space. Running without worrying about packing, contractors or deadlines is so much easier! So if you are in a crazy place and your times are slipping it def. contributes to slower paces. 

Have you seen the Chick Fil A video? It's so stinkin cute and reminded me of our fun trip to Chick Fil A when we dressed like cows this summer. And I miss that blue door.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Lily Sale

It's the Lily sale this Monday - Tuesday. Get online and save big! 
Girls' shifts are so cheap during sale time. I love how easy they make getting ready for church! 

Lady can't wait for the big sale! 

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Moving back to Ohio.

July and early August have been quite eventful! We moved from our sweet home in Richmond, Va to our new home in Dublin, Ohio. The move had been in the works for six months so it was nice to finally be in our new home! Boy, oh boy, we were ready to move after packing for six months! It's bittersweet as we miss our friends and neighbors!

The moving truck came on Tuesday and packed and on Wednesday they loaded! How did they get everything done in two days? It was insane! 

Goodbye sweet home! We have had some great memories and holidays here. 

Karen, George and James were our neighbors who we loved. They will be so missed. 

The night after we loaded up we stayed in a hotel in Charlottsville, Va. We loved the Homewood Suites. They had happy hour and dinner for us and breakfast on the patio the next morning! 

The kiddos loved the pool! 

On our way home we took a detour and went to Carter's Mountain, which is nestled right by Monticello. What a seriously breathtaking view. You instantly felt relaxed and peaceful at the top! 

We bought our third home! Wowzers. We had a fun time at the closing! 

Our new home! 

One of my favorite things about moving is that we are so close to family and our cousins! 

We found a new gym for Ava and her gymnastics. 

We have swam so much! 

And loving our new deck and grilling and eating outside! I can't wait to make more memories in our new home! 

Monday, August 10, 2015

Monday, baby!

How adorable is this photo from Reese Witherspoon's Drapper James line? My two favorites! I got to meet Jenna Bush at a  meet and greet when they were in the White House and she is even more beautiful in person. 

This view and the stairwell have me rethinking a white and black staircase! And, that sweet umbrella stand. 

I swear riding the Giant Slide at the fair freaked me out! I rode with Ryder and we just flew down those hills so fast I thought we would fly off. We had a blast! 

The butter cow is an Ohio tradition and is housed in the Dairy Pavilion with some amazing ice cream. 

After three longs weeks of zero running, I finally got the chance to run around two miles around our new neighborhood. I was pleasantly surprised to find we have hills! And the newness and freshness of the morning just made the run so much better than running in the afternoon! 

We had a great weekend having family over this weekend. It's so nice to be in town and have family over! 

So today, I didn't want to run. I told myself to just run one mile. Moving has taken all of my headspace, and I have been overwhelmed with the kiddos. But, man, I missed it! It just makes you a different person and helps alleviate stress. 

And if I'm being honest, although we have loved being here with family, moving is surreal. I keep thinking I see people I know from Richmond here. I really miss seeing our friends that lived on our street or friends at gymnastics. We lived in a great community. 

So here's to new beginnings and fresh starts. Here's to freshly sharpened pencils and the beginning of fall. Because while changes are guaranteed to happen, we can be sure we are not alone. :) 

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

RVA Goodbye.

The kiddos and I had a blast at our farewell to school friends. We did Popsicles + Park aloha party, which was a great idea since the weather was hot and humid in the upper 80s. I just brought leis and popsicles (Sarah - thank you for packing them up!) and had a pool towel as our tablecloth. The only thing I wish I would have brought are waters! 

Sophie and her sweet friend, Myra saying goodbye. She had a friendly and great kindergarten class! 

My sweet friends, Erin and Sarah. I met Erin at church and at ACAC and Sarah at school and gymnastics. They are going to be missed! Mwah! 

Here are our kiddos! 

And the end of the playdate where we had flower petal rain. :)